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Hartselle charges man with burglary of Wal-Mart autos

By Deangelo McDaniel and Bayne Hughes
news@decaturdaily.com 353-4612

HARTSELLE — A Somerville man who allegedly burglarized three vehicles at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on U.S. 31 apparently can't stay out of trouble.

Lt. Justin Barley of the Hartselle Police Department said officers arrested John David Vansteenis, 23, of 342 Bluff City Road on Monday and charged him with three counts of burglary of an auto. The arrest occurred a day after his birthday.

According to the Morgan County Sheriff's Department, Vansteenis did not get a bond because he was out of jail on bond on at least three separate arrests. On March 29, he was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and released on $3,000 bond. Just seven days later, on April 5, he was arrested on charges of breaking and entering of an auto and later released on $750 bond.

Vansteenis waited almost a month before getting arrested again, this time, on May 1, he ended up in jail on burglary of an auto charges and again got a $750 bond for his release. He also had two outstanding cases from 2006, including an arrest on a charge of interference with governmental operations in July and an arrest on a third-degree domestic violence/simple assault charge in January.

Barley said a witness alerted Wal-Mart employees to the burglaries. He said the employees detained Vansteenis until officers arrived.

Officers said the suspect was intoxicated and disorderly when they delivered him to the Morgan County Jail.

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